ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Tonight’s MLB Home Run Derby 2011 results for round one surprised MLB All Star fans. The format and hence lineup for your Home Run Derby 2011 was a dramatic change compared to last year. That appears to have impacted the results as of the first round, for the worse. Last year it would have been shocking to see a player hit a mere three home runs in a round. Tonight it was apparently the norm. Some players tonight have had difficulty even hitting two home runs in the 2011 Derby.
Last year’s first round results featured four participants (David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez and Miguel Cabrera) all heating seven home runs or more. Last year, Cabrera made the cut with just seven. Ortiz had eight, Ramirez had nine and Hart had an incredible thirteen.
Tonight, the numbers plummeted in the first round. Jose Bautista and Rickie Weeks delivered a meek four and three home runs respectively. Matt Kemp barely was able to hit a single home run. With nine outs, he finally delivered two home runs.
Last year, Matt Holliday didn’t make the cut to the second round with five home runs. This year he was no better, delivering five home runs again.
Robinson Cano and Adrian Gonzalez, however, impressive with eight and nine home runs in the first round respectively. And how about prior winner David Ortiz? Ortiz delivered only five in the first round.
Has the new format impacted tonight’s results? New for this year, MLB chose team captains and those team captains chose the hitters.
The top four scoring hitters advance, the bottom four are eliminated. Batters get ten possible “outs” per round. An “out” is any swing that doesn’t result in a home run. They don’t have to swing at every pitch.
The format for scoring is the following. The highest top four scoring players advance to round one. After round 2, the two players with the highest combined numbers of home runs from the first two rounds advance to the finals. So who is advancing to the second round tonight? Click HERE for the live results.